Updates on canine vaccinology: how to adapt the vaccination protocol to each animal?

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Julliete Cadier

Abstract

This article makes a quick recall of the puppy’s particular immunological system, explaining why the absorption of the maternal antibodies of the colostrum is so essential for his survival. However, those antibodies inhibit the ability of the young puppy to start its own immune response. Thats how we define the puppy’s immunological gap: it’s the period during whitch there is not enough maternally derived antibodies to protect it against infections, but too many to respond properly to vaccination. During this gap, the puppies are very suceptible to infectious diseases. This is why the vaccination protocols should consider the variation of the duration and moment of appearance of the immunological gap in order to protect every puppy. The vaccination protocol has to adapt also to the lifestyle of every animal, and that’s why the intervals between the boosters are specific to the animal’s situation.
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